ANZPT Perth 2012!

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      End of Day 1 (Day1a +Day1b)

      As expected the turnouts for the sponsored Australia and New Zealand Poker Tour(ANZPT) arrived in Perth this week. Day 1a attracted 89 players of whicj 43players remained after seven levels of play. Peter Zaknic ended the day as the chip leader with a stack of 91,100. Other notable survivors include Luch Monte (81,400), John Corr (60,000), Ali Ghezelbash (53,500), Errolyn Strang (50,500), Leo Boxell (27,800) and Tony Tartaglia (12,300).

      The Burswood Poker Room capacity was stretched to 221 for Day 1b of action. It’s a fabulous turnout and boosted the overall numbers to 310 to create a very healthy $310,000 prize pool. The top 36 players will cash with first place set to take home the ANZPT trophy and $78,275 in prize money.

      Just 94 players survived Day1b and the seven levels, Josh Foster ended the day as chip leader with 143,500 chips, Didier Guerinwas the next best with 136,100 chips. Six other players collected more than the Day1a chip leader.

      The 136 remaining players will be back in the Burswood Poker Room with the goal to survive the day and get themselves into the money for the top 36 players.

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      End of Day 2

      Out of the 136 players that resumed play in the 2nd Day, only 40 players had survived. Top 36 get paid therefore, 4 players will return in Day3 to return empty handed. There are dozens of players sitting with a stack of 100K or more therefore; with plenty of chips at the top, which also means there are quite a few short stacks. Once our bubble bursts, there’s likely to be a fair rush of eliminations as the shorties’ look to double up or bust.

      : DAY2 Chip Leader

      At the end of the Day, Didier Guerin managed to take the chip lead with304,000 chips.

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      It took a little over six levels to reduce our final 40 players to a final table of nine of the ANZPT Perth Main Event. It’s an exciting lineup with some super-talented young players and a host of locals, which should provide an entertaining finale at the Burswood Casino. Jon Curtis from Australia ended the day as chip leader.

      Jon Curtis : Final Table Chip Leader

      The day started with the dreams of four unlucky souls being crushed as they would experience the pain of the money bubble for the top 36 players. Three short stacks fell before David Joseph was rather unlucky to get involved in a massive pot with a flopped flush, only to discover that Jon Curtis had flopped a bigger flush. It left Joseph with the honour of bubble boy as the remaining players were pretty happy to be in the money.

      Daryl Alderson bubbled the final table as he busted in 10th place.

      Final Table Lineup

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      Mat Carlsson crowned the ANZPT Perth Champion

      After almost eight hours of play on our final table, we have crowned the ANZPT Perth Main Event champion as Mat “Skillz” Carlsson joins the likes of Tony Hachem and Grant Levy, but also becomes the first local to keep the ANZPT Perth title on home soil.

      Carlsson brought the right mix of aggression, solid play and some big cards to navigate his way through a strong final table lineup to capture the trophy and $78,275 in prize money.

      Earlier in the day it was John Shin racing out of the blocks as he assumed the role of table captain. Paul Satzke copped the brunt of that barrage but managed to outlast Lucas Mierzwa who was unlucky to be our 9th place finisher when his ace-king fell to the ace-queen of Anthony Aston.

      Satzke was next to go, his pocket threes unable to hold against Didier Guerin’s creative 8♦4♦ as the boys from Canberra/NSW were looking dangerous. But it was John Shin who was surprisingly next to fall. He was crippled with top two pair against Anthony Marenko’s turned gutshot straight, before running king-jack into David Lloyd’s pocket jacks to depart in 7th place.

      At this point, Mat Carlsson started to take control with some strong three and four-betting preflop. Perhaps it was good cards, or just good spots, but he soon showed down a run of monster big pairs that had everyone rattled.

      Carlsson first woke up with pocket aces when Didier Guerin shoved his king-ten to see him bundled out in 6th place. That was quickly followed by David Lloyd’s elimination in 5th place when he pushed his king-queen into Carlsson’s pocket kings.

      Incredibly, Carlsson founds pocket kings again just moments later, as Jon Curtis was on the ropes with ace-queen, but an ace on the river broke Carlsson’s momentum and brought Curtis back into contention.

      Anthony Marenko made a flush to double through Anthony Aston, before overnight chip leader Jon Curtis bowed out in 4th. Again it was a rather brutal elimination, with Curtis flopping a straight against Marenko’s two pair. The dealer must’ve been sponsored by PokerStars as Marenko caught a four-outer on the turn to improve to a full house and leave Curtis on the rail.

      Three-handed play was an interesting battle with chips passing around the table and each player finding moments to shine. Anthony Aston doubled up with king-deuce against jacks, before Mat Carlsson’s pocket deuces survived to make a flush against pocket sixes.

      Eventually something had to give and it was Anthony Aston who three-bet shoved his T♦9♦ into the pocket kings Anthony Marenko. Aston flopped a straight draw but couldn’t connect to exit in third place. It’s back-to-back third place finishes in the ANZPT for Aston which is enough for him to take the lead in the ANZ Player of the Year race.

      Anthony Marenko held a narrow chip lead entering heads-up play, and generally had the better of Mat Carlsson until a key hand saw the players go to war on a flop of 3♦Q♦4♠. Marenko held top pair with Q♣5♦ but Carlsson held Q♠3♥ for two pair which held through the turn and river.

      Soon after the final hand would go down when Marenko shoved his K♠2♦ but Carlsson called with black sevens. The board bricked out and Mat Carlsson was crowned the ANZPT Perth champion! Portraying a strong, stoic image for the last few days, Carlsson showed plenty of well-timed aggression, and found plenty of big pairs on this final table, to navigate his way to the title and $78,275 in prize money.

      Final table results
      1st Mat Carlsson (Australia) – $78,275
      2nd Anthony Marenko (Australia) – $49,600
      3rd Anthony Aston (Australia) – $27,590
      4th Jon Curtis (Australia) – $21,545
      5th David Lloyd (Australia) – $17,050
      6th Didier Guerin (Australia) – $13,950
      7th John Shin (Australia) – $11,160
      8th Paul Satzke (Australia) – $8,835
      9th Lucas Mierzwa (Australia) – $6,510

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